1. And... we're back. You'll notice that all of your images are back as well, as are our beloved emoticons, including the infamous :foo: We have also worked with our server folks and developers to fix the issues that were slowing down the site.

    There is still work to be done - the images in existing sigs are not yet linked, for example, and we are working on a way to get the images to load faster - which will improve the performance of the site, especially on the pages with a ton of images, and we will continue to work diligently on that and keep you updated.

    Cheers,

    Fok on behalf of the entire Styleforum team
    Dismiss Notice

Finding affordable menswear? (chicago)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by tdellaringa, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

    Messages:
    2,467
    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Location:
    Frankfurt, Germany
    
    On a young, fit model, sure, it looks great. But anything would look great on him. Besides, you've got a blue jacket already. Move on to the next wardrobe gap. Nice shoes and blue shirts.
     
  2. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

    Messages:
    2,467
    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Location:
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Here's your target. Get as close to this as possible.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

    Messages:
    2,467
    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Location:
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Which of these shoes do you like?

    1. [​IMG]

    2. [​IMG]

    3. [​IMG]

    4. [​IMG]

    5. [​IMG]

    You're in Chicago, which is basically home turf for Allen Edmonds. I have 9 pairs, and I can't recommend them highly enough. In Europe the go for twice the price you could get them there. The price / quality ratio is unbeatable for guys like us.
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2016
    1 person likes this.
  4. tdellaringa

    tdellaringa Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    71
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2016
    Got it on the shirts. I have worn the black shirt to work with my grey trousers - it was dark when I left and dark when I got home!
     
    1 person likes this.
  5. tdellaringa

    tdellaringa Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    71
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2016
    The target pic is nice. You match the pocket square to the shirt, or to the tie - or either? Really dig that second suit.

    I will say it IS very conservative. I have some wiggle room at work to be more casual or take more risks. If I walked in like that, people would wonder what the heck was going on. Nobody wears a tie - not even directors, not even VPs most of the time. It's reserved for C-level executives only.

    Doesn't mean I wouldn't wear one, just giving you the lay of the land. In my group, things are very casual. Lots of jeans, khakis, patterned and colored shirts.

    Nobody wears a suit - NOBODY. I've only ever seen the CEO in one.

    Of those shoes I like #2 the best - would love to have those. Hate #5. Again they look like old man shoes, and they are too conservative.

    The AE shoes are beautiful. Would LOVE to have some. I saw two on their site that I really dig.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Hey, I'm 50 - but most people say I look 40. If I died my hair, I'd look in my late 30s (This is what people tell me, not my own opinion). I prefer to dress as young as possible, as long as it fits with me and my situation. I'm also an artist so - yeah. Maybe that explains the shoes ;)
     
  6. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

    Messages:
    2,467
    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Location:
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Number two is the Park Ave. Great in black or dark brown.

    The ones you posted are the Mcallister and the Strands.

    Those three are my top three shoe models, and are the most classic as well.
     
  7. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

    Messages:
    2,467
    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Location:
    Frankfurt, Germany
    If I were you, I'd upgrade my look by wearing great shoes, like the ones you posted, and a sport coat / jacket. As you say, avoid ties since it would stick out in your office.

    When you wear classic shoes, shirts and jackets, people won't compliment you on how nice your jacket looks, or how nice your trousers look, or how nice your shoes look. They'll compliment you on how nice you look. And that's the goal.
     
    1 person likes this.
  8. tdellaringa

    tdellaringa Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    71
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2016
    That makes perfect sense. Thanks!
     
  9. tdellaringa

    tdellaringa Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    71
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2016
    Is it possibly this one?

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/salvation-army-chicago-14

    Reviews seem a bit spotty.
     
  10. tdellaringa

    tdellaringa Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    71
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2016
    Finally got the jacket, I had to wait to get the sleeves done. My gray trousers were not clean, but I really wanted to wear it so I went with the brown. Next time I wear it, I will go with the gray, and I will hopefully find a nice complementary pocket square.

    [​IMG]
     
    2 people like this.
  11. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

    Messages:
    2,467
    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Location:
    Frankfurt, Germany
    You look great! It appears to fit fantastically well. You lucky dog, nothing OTR fits me at all. I'm cursed.
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2016
  12. tdellaringa

    tdellaringa Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    71
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2016
    Thanks! It does fit really well. They did have to shorten the sleeves, but that's no big deal. Thanks for the help!
     
  13. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

    Messages:
    2,467
    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Location:
    Frankfurt, Germany
    That's basically unavoidable.

    So, what's next on the shopping list? :D
     
  14. tdellaringa

    tdellaringa Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    71
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2016
    Well, that's a good question. My head is swimming trying to figure that out. I did get a pair of Burgundy oxfords from eBay for $12 - figured couldn't go wrong on the price. I have a shirt from J. Hilburn being delivered on Sat, so I will post it when I get it. It's a pinkish/gray pattern (I think, it's been awhile) with gray contrast on the inside.

    I am feeling like I am constantly wearing the same thing. This is what I have been rotating for the last 4 weeks:

    - Gray cotton trousers (flat fronts)
    - Brown cotton trousers (flat fronts) - These are the two pairs of pants I wear. I will wear Jeans on Friday if I go into the office that day instead of working from home.
    - White dress shirt
    - Blue dress shirt (I wear these two the most)
    - 2 similar gray/gunmetal dress shirts, 1 burgundy dress shirt. - I mostly wear these under a sweater.
    - 1 black dress shirt. I know, night time only. But I have so few shirts right now, I wear it. I'm wearing it now.
    - 1 black waistcoat
    - 1 dark gray pinstriped waistcoat.
    - Brown pair of half-brogues
    - The tan brogues everyone here hates (but I have honestly gotten a LOT of compliments on them).
    - The blue blazer, above.

    That's all I have, other than 2 3-button henleys (blue and brown).

    Would a cream/lighter color of trousers make sense? I feel like I need another white and another blue shirt, maybe a button down collar. I actually love waistcoats, I would love to have this one (with that tie too!), but doesn't feel like that should be a priority right now. Would love to have a charcoal blazer. Would like a pair of lighter brown, nicer shoes (like used Allen Edmonds - have been watching eBay for those).

    I'm not sure where to go next. As the whole point of this thread is, my funds are limited. I have been digging around ebay a lot, trying to figure out what is there. I found a consignment shop in Chicago I want to visit.

    I'm a little overwhelmed trying to figure out what is next :)
     
  15. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

    Messages:
    2,467
    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Location:
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Blue ocbd.
    Blue white striped ocbd.
    Dark brown suede shoes.
    Khakis.

    You have enough vests. And you have enough weird-colored shirts. You need duplicates of the essentials. Different grey trousers. Different blue shirts. Different brown shoes.
     
    1 person likes this.
  16. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

    Messages:
    2,467
    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Location:
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2016
  17. tdellaringa

    tdellaringa Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    71
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2016
    So ocbd is "Oxford collar button down?"

    Those two shirts are nice, and the price is right.

    I've looked at suede shoes, do you have any suggestions to point me on the right path?

    People seem to mean lots of things when they say Khakis - can you be more specific? I DO have 2 pairs of chinos I left off the list. Blue and brown. I need to have them hemmed. Do you mean Khaki color?

    I forgot to mention I have a black v-neck sweater, I also have a dark green one. Both merino wool.

    If you were to add one or two items more, what would you add?

    Really appreciating the help.
     
  18. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

    Messages:
    2,467
    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Location:
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2016
  19. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

    Messages:
    2,467
    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Location:
    Frankfurt, Germany
    

    That's why I chose them. :thumbs-up:
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2016
    1 person likes this.

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by